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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323417/loss-of-ethanol-inhibition-of-nmdar-mediated-currents-and-plasticity-of-cerebellar-synapses-in-mice-expressing-the-glun1-f639a-subunit
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Paula A Zamudio-Bulcock, Gregg E Homanics, John J Woodward
BACKGROUND: Glutamatergic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are well known for their sensitivity to ethanol inhibition. However, the specific manner in which ethanol inhibits channel activity and how such inhibition affects neurotransmission, and ultimately behavior, remain unclear. Replacement of phenylalanine 639 with alanine (F639A) in the GluN1 subunit reduces ethanol inhibition of recombinant NMDA receptors. Mice expressing this subunit show reduced ethanol-induced anxiolysis, blunted locomotor stimulation following low dose ethanol administration and faster recovery of motor function after moderate doses of ethanol suggesting that cerebellar dysfunction may contribute to some of these behaviors...
January 11, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317600/altered-avalanche-dynamics-in-a-developmental-nmdar-hypofunction-model-of-cognitive-impairment
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Saurav Seshadri, Andreas Klaus, Daniel E Winkowski, Patrick O Kanold, Dietmar Plenz
Disturbed activity patterns in cortical networks contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (SZ). Several lines of evidence implicate NMDA receptor hypofunction in SZ, and blocking NMDA receptor signaling during early neurodevelopment produces cognitive deficits in rodent models that resemble those seen in schizophrenic patients. However, the altered network dynamics underlying these cognitive impairments largely remain to be characterized, especially at the cellular level. Here, we use in vivo two-photon calcium imaging to describe pathological dynamics, occurring in parallel with cognitive dysfunction, in a developmental NMDA receptor hypofunction model...
January 10, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260492/excessive-activation-of-nmda-receptors-induced-neurodevelopmental-brain-damage-and-cognitive-deficits-in-rats-exposed-to-intrauterine-hypoxia
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Ting Li, Ziqiang Luo, Yang Liu, Mingjie Wang, Xiaohe Yu, Chuanding Cao, Zhengchang Liao, Ying Ding, Shaojie Yue
Intrauterine hypoxia is one of the most common stressors in fetuses, which can lead to abnormal brain development and permanent neurological deficits in adulthood. Neurological disorder excitotoxicity induced by hypoxia or ischemia may involve N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs), which are known to participate in the maturation and plasticity of developmental neurons. Inhibition of NMDARs has been reported to improve neurological outcomes in traumatic brain injuries and Alzheimer's disease. Here, we investigated if antenatal blockade of NMDARs induced by memantine could alleviate neurodevelopmental brain damage and long-term cognitive deficits in intrauterine hypoxia rats...
December 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241198/fam3a-protects-against-glutamate-induced-toxicity-by-preserving-calcium-homeostasis-in-differentiated-pc12-cells
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Qing Song, Wen-Li Gou, Yu-Liang Zou
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability, and glutamate-induced dysregulation of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis is a key mechanism. FAM3A is the first member of the family with sequence similarity 3 (FAM3) gene family, and its biological function remains largely unknown. We have recently reported that FAM3A exerts protective effects against oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in HT22 cells. METHODS: Here, we investigated the protective effects of FAM3A using a glutamate-induced neuronal injury model in nerve growth factor (NGF)-differentiated PC12 cells...
December 12, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225043/neurogranin-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-regulates-nmda-receptor-tolerance-and-motivation-for-ethanol-seeking
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Ashlie N Reker, Alfredo Oliveros, John M Sullivan, Lailun Nahar, David J Hinton, Taehyun Kim, Robert C Bruner, Doo-Sup Choi, Nicholas E Goeders, Hyung W Nam
Dysfunction of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) signaling in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) has been implicated in the pathophysiology of alcohol use disorders (AUD). Neurogranin (Ng), a calmodulin-binding protein, is exclusively expressed in the post-synapse, and mediates NMDAR driven synaptic plasticity by regulating the calcium-calmodulin (Ca2+-CaM) pathway. To study the functional role of Ng in AUD, we administrated behavior tests including Pavlovian instrument transfer (PIT), operant conditioning, and rotarod test using Ng null mice (Ng-/- mice)...
December 7, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162814/trkb-dependent-adult-hippocampal-progenitor-differentiation-mediates-sustained-ketamine-antidepressant-response
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Zhenzhong Ma, Tong Zang, Shari G Birnbaum, Zilai Wang, Jane E Johnson, Chun-Li Zhang, Luis F Parada
Adult neurogenesis persists in the rodent dentate gyrus and is stimulated by chronic treatment with conventional antidepressants through BDNF/TrkB signaling. Ketamine in low doses produces both rapid and sustained antidepressant effects in patients. Previous studies have shed light on post-transcriptional synaptic NMDAR mediated mechanisms underlying the acute effect, but how ketamine acts at the cellular level to sustain this anti-depressive function for prolonged periods remains unclear. Here we report that ketamine accelerates differentiation of doublecortin-positive adult hippocampal neural progenitors into functionally mature neurons...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158578/ketamine-and-its-metabolite-2r-6r-hydroxynorketamine-induce-lasting-alterations-in-glutamatergic-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-mesolimbic-circuit
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N Yao, O Skiteva, X Zhang, P Svenningsson, K Chergui
Low doses of ketamine trigger rapid and lasting antidepressant effects after one injection in treatment-resistant patients with major depressive disorder. Modulation of AMPA receptors (AMPARs) in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex is suggested to mediate the antidepressant action of ketamine and of one of its metabolites (2R,6R)-hydroxynorketamine ((2R,6R)-HNK). We have examined whether ketamine and (2R,6R)-HNK affect glutamatergic transmission and plasticity in the mesolimbic system, brain regions known to have key roles in reward-motivated behaviors, mood and hedonic drive...
November 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150590/subtype-specific-effects-of-dopaminergic-d2-receptor-activation-on-synaptic-trains-in-layer-v-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
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Jonna M Leyrer-Jackson, Mark P Thomas
In humans, prefrontal cortical areas are known to support executive functions. In mice, these functions are mediated by homologous regions in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Executive processes are critically dependent on optimal levels of dopamine (DA), but the cellular mechanisms of DA modulation are incompletely understood. Stable patterns of neuronal activity may be sensitive to frequency-dependent changes in synaptic transmission. We characterized the effects of D2 receptor (D2R) activation on short-term excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) dynamics evoked at varying frequencies in the two subtypes of layer V pyramidal neurons in mouse mPFC We isolated NMDA receptor and non-NMDA receptor-mediated components of EPSP trains evoked by stimulating fibers within layer V or layer I...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138698/soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-inhibitor-and-14-15-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acid-facilitated-long-term-potentiation-through-camp-and-camkii-in-the-hippocampus
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Han-Fang Wu, Yi-Ju Chen, Su-Zhen Wu, Chi-Wei Lee, I-Tuan Chen, Yi-Chao Lee, Chi-Chen Huang, Chung-Hsi Hsing, Chih-Wei Tang, Hui-Ching Lin
Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are derived from arachidonic acid and metabolized by soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH). The role of EETs in synaptic function in the central nervous system is still largely unknown. We found that pharmacological inhibition of sEH to stabilize endogenous EETs and exogenous 14,15-EET significantly increased the field excitatory postsynaptic potential (fEPSP) response in the CA1 area of the hippocampus, while additionally enhancing high-frequency stimulation- (HFS-) induced long-term potentiation (LTP) and forskolin- (FSK-) induced LTP...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138490/bidirectional-modulation-of-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-by-dopaminergic-d4-receptors-in-the-ca1-area-of-hippocampus
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Sheeja Navakkode, Katherine C M Chew, Sabrina Jia Ning Tay, Qingshu Lin, Thomas Behnisch, Tuck Wah Soong
Long-term potentiation (LTP) is the persistent increase in the strength of the synapses. However, the neural networks would become saturated if there is only synaptic strenghthening. Synaptic weakening could be facilitated by active processes like long-term depression (LTD). Molecular mechanisms that facilitate the weakening of synapses and thereby stabilize the synapses are also important in learning and memory. Here we show that blockade of dopaminergic D4 receptors (D4R) promoted the formation of late-LTP and transformed early-LTP into late-LTP...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137928/camkii%C3%AE-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-nmdar-hypofunction-schizophrenia-putative-roles-for-igf-1r-and-tlr4
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O M Ogundele, C C Lee
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that is linked to social behavioral deficits and other negative symptoms associated with hippocampal synaptic dysfunction. Synaptic mechanism of schizophrenia is characterized by loss of hippocampal N-Methyl-d-Aspartate Receptor (NMDAR) activity (NMDAR hypofunction) and dendritic spines. Previous studies show that genetic deletion of hippocampal synaptic regulatory calcium-calmodulin dependent kinase II alpha (CaMKIIα) cause synaptic and behavioral defects associated with schizophrenia in mice...
November 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074619/presynaptic-mglur5-receptor-controls-glutamatergic-input-through-protein-kinase-c-nmda-receptors-in-paclitaxel-induced-neuropathic-pain
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Jing-Dun Xie, Shao-Rui Chen, Hui-Lin Pan
Chemotherapeutic drugs such as paclitaxel cause painful peripheral neuropathy in many cancer patients and survivors. Although NMDA receptors (NMDARs) at primary afferent terminals are known to be critically involved in chemotherapy-induced chronic pain, the upstream signaling mechanism that leads to presynaptic NMDAR activation is unclear. Group I metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) play a role in synaptic plasticity and NMDAR regulation. Here we report that the Group I mGluR agonist (S)-3,5-dihydroxyphenylglycine (DHPG) significantly increased the frequency of miniature excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) and the amplitude of monosynaptic EPSCs evoked from the dorsal root...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046641/buspirone-counteracts-mk-801-induced-schizophrenia-like-phenotypes-through-dopamine-d3-receptor-blockade
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Sebastiano Alfio Torrisi, Salvatore Salomone, Federica Geraci, Filippo Caraci, Claudio Bucolo, Filippo Drago, Gian Marco Leggio
Background: Several efforts have been made to develop effective antipsychotic drugs. Currently, available antipsychotics are effective on positive symptoms, less on negative symptoms, but not on cognitive impairment, a clinically relevant dimension of schizophrenia. Drug repurposing offers great advantages over the long-lasting, risky and expensive, de novo drug discovery strategy. To our knowledge, the possible antipsychotic properties of buspirone, an azapirone anxiolytic drug marketed in 1986 as serotonin 5-HT1A receptor (5-HT1AR) partial agonist, have not been extensively investigated despite its intriguing pharmacodynamic profile, which includes dopamine D3 (D3R) and D4 receptor (D4R) antagonist activity...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043770/a-novel-negative-allosteric-modulator-selective-for-glun2c-2d-containing-nmda-receptors-inhibits-synaptic-transmission-in-hippocampal-interneurons
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Sharon A Swanger, Katie M Vance, Timothy M Acker, Sommer S Zimmerman, John O DiRaddo, Scott J Myers, Christoffer Bundgaard, Cara A Mosley, Samantha L Summer, David S Menaldino, Henrik S Jensen, Dennis C Liotta, Stephen F Traynelis
N-Methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are ionotropic glutamate receptors that mediate excitatory synaptic transmission and have been implicated in numerous neurological disorders. NMDARs typically comprise two GluN1 and two GluN2 subunits. The four GluN2 subtypes (GluN2A-GluN2D) have distinct functional properties and gene expression patterns, which contribute to diverse functional roles for NMDARs in the brain. Here, we present a series of GluN2C/2D-selective negative allosteric modulators built around a N-aryl benzamide (NAB) core...
November 2, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034474/altered-nmda-receptor-evoked-intracellular-ca-2-dynamics-in-magnocellular-neurosecretory-neurons-of-hypertensive-rats
#15
Meng Zhang, Javier E Stern
KEY POINTS: NMDA receptor (NMDAR)-mediated Ca(2+) signalling plays a critical role in modulating hypothalamic neurosecretory function. However, whether an altered NMDAR-evoked changes in Ca(2+) (NMDAR-ΔCa(2+) ) signalling in magnocellular neurosecretory cells (MNCs) may contribute to neurohumoral activation during disease states is unknown. We show that activation of NMDARs evoked similar inward currents in MNCs of sham and renovascular hypertensive (RVH) rats. Despite this, a prolonged and larger NMDAR-ΔCa(2+) response was observed in the latter...
October 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030124/targeting-nitric-oxide-and-nmda-receptor-associated-pathways-in-treatment-of-high-grade-glial-tumors-hypotheses-for-nitro-memantine-and-nitrones
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Meric A Altinoz, İlhan Elmaci
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a devastating brain cancer with no curative treatment. Targeting Nitric Oxide (NO) and glutamatergic pathways may help as adjunctive treatments in GBM. NO at low doses promotes tumorigenesis, while at higher levels (above 300 nM) triggers apoptosis. Gliomas actively secrete high amounts of glutamate which activates EGR signaling and mediates degradation of peritumoral tissues via excitotoxic injury. Memantine inhibits NMDA-subtype of glutamate receptors (NMDARs) and induces autophagic death of glioma cells in vitro and blocks glioma growth in vivo...
October 10, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018191/d-serine-released-by-astrocytes-in-brainstem-regulates-breathing-response-to-co2-levels
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S Beltrán-Castillo, M J Olivares, R A Contreras, G Zúñiga, I Llona, R von Bernhardi, J L Eugenín
Central chemoreception is essential for adjusting breathing to physiological demands, and for maintaining CO2 and pH homeostasis in the brain. CO2-induced ATP release from brainstem astrocytes stimulates breathing. NMDA receptor (NMDAR) antagonism reduces the CO2-induced hyperventilation by unknown mechanisms. Here we show that astrocytes in the mouse caudal medullary brainstem can synthesize, store, and release D-serine, an agonist for the glycine-binding site of the NMDAR, in response to elevated CO2 levels...
October 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992110/nfat3-c4-mediated-excitotoxicity-in-hippocampal-apoptosis-during-radiation-induced-brain-injury
#18
Meiling Xu, Qiuhong Fan, Junjun Zhang, Yanfang Chen, Ruizhe Xu, Liesong Chen, Peifeng Zhao, Ye Tian
Whole brain irradiation (WBI) has become an indispensible tool in the treatment of head and neck cancer, and it has greatly improved patient survival rate and total survival time. In addition, prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) has dramatically decreased the incidence of brain metastatic carcinoma. However, WBI may induce temporary functional deficits or even progressive, irreversible cognitive dysfunction that compromises the quality of life for survivors. Unfortunately, the exact molecular mechanisms for cognitive damage remain elusive, and no treatment or preventative measures are available for use in the clinic...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986873/glun2b-subunit-labeling-with-fluorescent-probes-and-high-resolution-live-imaging
#19
Cécile Perrio, Olivier Nicole, Alain Buisson
Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy (LSCM) imaging using an appropriate fluorescent probe enables the visualization of a molecular target with high resolution, and represents a method of choice for studying expression, subcellular location, and trafficking of receptors in living cells. The chemical, physical, and pharmacological properties of the probe remain essential. Here, we describe (1) the preparation of a specific probe for NMDAR GluN2B receptor by conjugation of fluorescein to an ifenprodil-based ligand, (2) an in vitro functional assay by calcium imaging for GluN2B binding and inhibition evaluation of the probe, and (3) the labeling and confocal imaging of GluN2B in DS-red labeled living cortical neurons...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975565/inhibition-of-%C3%AE-ark1-ameliorates-morphine-induced-tolerance-and-hyperalgesia-via-modulating-the-activity-of-spinal-nmda-receptors
#20
Xue Zhang, Shaorui Chen, Hong Chen, Huilin Pan, Yilin Zhao
Our previous study has proposed that increased presynaptic NMDARs activities play pivotal roles in the development of opioid tolerance and hyperalgesia, and blocking spinal NMDARs attenuates chronic morphine-induced synaptic plasticity and behavior. However, the cellular signaling mechanisms remain to be investigated. The aim of this research was to address the role of β-ARK1 in opioid analgesia. Opioid tolerance and hyperalgesia was induced by daily systemic morphine injections in rats for eight consecutive days...
October 3, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
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